Assessing Elastic Leg Strength Athlete’s With Vertical Jump Test

Vertical Jump or Sergeant Jump Test. The objective of this test is to monitor the development of the athlete’s elastic leg strength.
Required resources
To undertake this test you will require:
  • Wall
  • 1 metre Tape Measure
  • Chalk
  • Assistant.
How to conduct the test
The athlete:

Vertical Jump or Sergeant Jump Test
  • chalks the end of his finger tips
  • stands side onto the wall, keeping both feet remaining on the ground, reaches up as high as possible with one hand and marks the wall with the tips of the fingers (Ml)
  • from a static position jumps as high as possible and marks the wall with the chalk on his finger tips (M2).
The coach:
Measures the distance from M1 to M2. The test can be performed as many times as the athlete wishes.
    Analysis of the result is by comparing it with the results of previous tests. It is expected that, with appropriate training between each test, the analysis would indicate an improvement
    Normative data for the Sergeant jump test
    The following are national norms for 16 to 19 year olds.

    Target group

    This test is suitable for active individuals but not for those where the test would be contraindicated.


    Reliability would depend upon how strict the test is conducted and the individual’s level of motivation to perform the test.


    There are published tables to relate results to potential level of fitness and the correlation is high.
    Mackenzie, Brian. 2005. 101 Performance Evalution Test. Electric World Plc. London.
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